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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Three future Huskies, Hillhouse star to play in McDonald's game

UConn incoming freshmen Moriah Jefferson, Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck as well as Hillhouse's Bria Holmes were selected to play in next month's McDonald's All-American game.

Jefferson, Stewart and Tuck brings the total of future Huskies selected to play to 23. Since McDonald's played its first girls' game in 2002, there was been a player who would go onto play for the Huskies every year.

"I would say that it was expected," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It is always great that it happens. I am sure they are really proud of their accomplishments in high school. If you ask all of them, I am sure they would tell you that it is more important that they keep playing and keep winning. There is nothing like finishing your high school career with a state championship so I am sure that is probably the next thing on their list. I think they are probably really proud of themselves because they have worked really hard and they certainly deserve it, no question about it."

I asked Auriemma for his reaction on Holmes' selection to the game as she is the first Connecticut native to play in a McDonald's girls' game, an event which had its first girls' game back in 2002.

"I think if there was a little more emphasis put on girls' high school basketball in this state, you would probably have that happen more  often but for her to be in that game I think says a lot for her," Auriemma said. "She might be the first (high-school All-American) since Nykesha (Sales) or Nadine Domond from the same class so that is a long time. Good for her."
The McDonald's  will be played at the United Center in Chicago on Mar 28. The first game will be played at 7 p.m. followed by the boys' game. The girls game will be televised on ESPNU with ESPN carrying the boys' game.

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